RPCV (Honduras & PC/W Staff) indicted on voter fraud charges

 

Mary Kate Lowndes, RPCV (Honduras 1989–91) and member of Peace Corps staff in Washington, has been indicted on one felony and three misdemeanor voter fraud charges

CONCORD, NH — A Washington, D.C., woman has been indicted on four voter fraud charges after being accused of wrongfully registering to vote in New Hampshire in 2016 and voting during the 2018 general election, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

Mary Kate Lowndes, 57,  was indicted on a felony wrongful voting charge, two counts of misdemeanor wrongful voting, and a single count of misusing an absentee ballot.

According to prosecutors, Lowndes filed a voter registration form in 2016 claiming to be domiciled at a shopping center on Crystal Avenue in Derry when she actually lived outside of New Hampshire, a misdemeanor charge. Investigators accused her of requesting and receiving an absentee ballot in the Nov. 6, 2018, general election and then casting that ballot. Those accusations constitute a felony and two misdemeanor charges, the state said Friday, due to “knowingly (submitting) a voter registration form containing false material information regarding her qualifications as a voter, and also for a person to make a false material statement regarding her qualifications as a voter when obtaining an official ballot.”

The indictment was handed down by the state’s Multicounty Grand Jury on Sept. 18. An arraignment date has not been set.

Lowndes faces six to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines, and if she is convicted, she will lose any future right to vote in New Hampshire.

According to her LinkedIn and Facebook accounts, Lowndes :

  • Was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras between 1989 and 1991.
  • Worked for the agency for five years between 1996 and 2001 on the PC staff in the Dominican Republic.
  • Since 2015 held positions in Peace Corps/Washington office working in the Inter-America and Pacific Region, and was Country Director, Eastern Caribbean.
  • Since May, 2020 she has been the chief of operations for Volunteer Recruitment and Selection in Peace Corps/Washington.

For more than seven years, she was the director of development and special initiatives for the Connecticut Commission on Children.

Lowndes appears to have no connection to New Hampshire in any way, according to information online.

It is unknown which political party, if any, Lowndes was accused of registering with at the time, but according to her Facebook site, she is a supporter of both Joe Biden and the Black Lives Matter organization. Lowndes did not return an instant message via Facebook requesting comment about the case however, about 12 hours after receiving the instant message, she scrubbed her Facebook page of all personal information.

The Peace Corps press office did not return a request for comment about the case before post time.

 

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